Folk dancers in St. Petersburg. Photo: Rocketstar


The largest country on Earth, the Russian federation has a knack for keeping up the larger-than-life vibe. The opulent imperial palaces, stark Soviet architecture, and ornate churches are landmarks in the biggest cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the west, the towns in the Golden Ring have preserved churches and kremlins dating back to the the 12th century. The surprisingly subtropical Black Sea coastline is dotted with beach towns, and ski-friendly mountains span the country, from Sochi (2014 Olympics, anyone?) to Western Caucasus.

We have tips for living and working in Russia, from conquering the paperwork to getting your tongue around the language. We have Trans-Siberian tips, foodie field guides, and essays on race issues in Moscow. Don’t worry, we have vodka tips too.

Russia Articles

5 surprising things I learned as an American tourist in Moscow

by Julia Helena

14 places Russian locals don’t want you to know about

by Marina Vinogradova

What NOT to do in Moscow

by Jenna Makowski

7 reasons you should never date a Russian woman

by Marina Vinogradova

This is what farm life in the Russian taiga looks like

by Diana Serebrennikova

Meet the badass Siberian truckers who risk their lives literally driving on thin ice [GALLERY]

by Matador Community

A community came together to save orca whales and the result is heartwarming

by Morgane Croissant

24 signs you’ve been in Russia too long

by Lee Wei Xin

This is what the most epic train ride in the world will take you to see

by Morgane Croissant

The 30 funniest Russian expressions and how to use them

by Yulia Denisyuk

The politics of international adoption: 5 countries ranked on how they treat orphaned kids

by Juliana Bilowich

Russian police published a hilarious guide to taking selfies without killing yourself

by Dan Peleschuk

11 bird’s-eye views of the world that will leave you speechless

by Katie Scott Aiton

10 ways to humiliate yourself in Moscow

by Marina Vinogradova

The best hangover foods around the world

by Eva Sandoval

10 signs you were raised by a Siberian mother

by Elena Zakomoldina-Fitoussi

Here’s why Russia is wasting no time exploring the Arctic seabed

by Paul Ames

Poachers killed her mother. Now this tigress is free again in Siberia.

by Carlo Alcos
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